Monday, August 31, 2020

Iran And Turkey Set Off Explosions In Abu Dhabi, UAE In Retaliation For Israel-United Arab Emirates Peace Agreement + First Direct Israel-UAE Flight Lands In Abu Dhabi Amid Deal

Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, left, U.S. President Donald Trump's senior adviser Jared Kushner, center, and U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, right, board the Israeli flag carrier El Al's airliner as they fly to Abu Dhabi for talks meant to put final touches on the normalization deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, at Ben-Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (Nir Elias/Pool Photo via AP)

31 AUGUST 2020

First direct Israel-UAE flight lands in Abu Dhabi amid deal
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Star of David-adorned El Al plane flew from Israel to the United Arab Emirates on Monday, carrying a high-ranking American and Israeli delegation to Abu Dhabi in the first-ever direct commercial passenger flight between the two countries. The Israeli flag carrier’s flight marked the implementation of the historic U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the two nations and solidifies the long-clandestine ties between them that have evolved over years of shared enmity toward Iran. Source

31 AUGUST 2020

UAE restaurant blasts kill three, injure several
Two separate explosions in the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi and its tourism hub Dubai struck on Monday. Three people were killed and several others were injured on Monday in two separate explosions in the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi and its tourism hub Dubai, the police and local media said. The Abu Dhabi government media office said two people were killed in the blast in the capital, which the National daily reported had hit the KFC and Hardees restaurants on the city's Rashid bin Saeed Street.The street is also known as a main road to the airport, where top aides to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to land later on Monday, in a historic trip between Israel and another Arab country. Source

13 AUGUST 2020

UAE and Israel to establish full diplomatic ties
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced Thursday they are establishing full diplomatic relations in a U.S.-brokered deal that required Israel to halt its contentious plan to annex occupied West Bank land sought by the Palestinians. The historic deal delivered a key foreign policy victory to President Donald Trump as he seeks re-election and reflected a changing Middle East in which shared concerns about archenemy Iran have largely overtaken traditional Arab support for the Palestinians. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the deal amounts to “treason,” and should be reversed. The agreement makes the UAE the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan, to have full diplomatic ties with Israel. They announced it in a joint statement, saying deals between Israel and the UAE were expected in the coming weeks in such areas as tourism, direct flights and embassies. Trump called the deal “a truly historic moment.” Source 

Iran, Turkey slam UAE over agreement with Israel 
Iran has said the establishment of diplomatic ties between its arch-rival Israel and the United Arab Emirates is a "dagger in the back" of all Muslims, while Turkey said the UAE had "betrayed" the Palestinian cause. Iran and Turkey on Friday resoundingly condemned the normalization of ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The US-brokered deal announced Thursday establishes full diplomatic relations between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi, while halting Israeli plans for annexation of occupied land in the West Bank. Iran called the deal a "dagger in the back" of all Muslims and an act of "strategic stupidity" by the UAE, according to Iran's foreign ministry statement. In separate remarks, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif slammed the deal as a "theater" fabricated by the US. "They (US) think that by fabricating the theater like the one that happened yesterday, unfortunately, that they can determine the fate of Palestine," Zarif said in televised comments during a visit to Lebanon. Hezbollah leader warns other Arab states could follow suit A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday the deal amounts to "treason,'' and should be reversed. The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement supporting the Palestinian administration, saying that the "history and the conscience" of the region's people will not forget and never forgive the "hypocritical behavior" of the United Arab Emirates in agreeing to a deal with Israel. Source

List of 2020 explosions in UAE....

1. KFC Hardees  Abu Dhabi, UAE 31 AUG. 2020

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